Hurricane Fiona Affects Cruise Itineraries
Hurricane Fiona continues to swirl in the Caribbean and is showing no sign of slowing down until later this week.
Already Royal Caribbean transitioned Harmony of the Seas from an eastern Caribbean sailing to a western one this week. Disney Fantasy, Allure of the Seas, Celebrity Equinox, Norwegian Sky, and MSC Seashore also headed west.
The three ports in the Dominican Republic and San Juan are likely the only eastern Caribbean cruise ports to be impacted.
At the time of broadcast, the storm has made an easterly turn and will skip the Bahamas all together. Depending on the track, Bermuda sailings could be disrupted towards the end of the week.
Voyager of the Seas is Back in the U.S.
For the first time in over a decade, Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas is back in the United States.
The ship ended a transatlantic crossing, arriving in Boston on Sunday morning ahead of its Canada and New England voyages. Eventually, the ship will homeport in San Juan this winter for Caribbean sailings.
Since leaving New Orleans in 2012, the ship sailed in Asia until the shutdown, then restarted this past spring in Barcelona.
Voyager underwent a $49 million refurbishment in 2019.
Keel Laid For New Cunard Ship
Cunard has laid the keel for its next new build, Queen Anne.
Attended by both shipyard and cruise line executives, a coin was welded and a block of the ship was laid into place, officially marking the start of construction of Cunard’s fourth ship.
When naming the ship earlier this year, the line announced it would have a female captain.
This is Cunard’s first new build in 12 years. The most recent was when Queen Elizabeth launched in 2010. This is also the first time in over 20 years that Cunard will have a four-ship fleet.
Queen Anne is scheduled to enter service in early 2024.